sauntonering along the sand

Over twenty miles covered at relative pace on relatively flat terrain today.  The route a hard swing inland east and back out west via the Taw Estuary, the paved Tarka Trail (named after the fictional otter), and then north via Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands.

After all of the cliff walking and running, climbs, and descents of late, today presented a pleasant shift in challenge, views, and aspect.  The grassy sea bank and extensive sand dunes of Braunton Burrows were impressive, but just a precursor for the outstanding and humbling experience of running along the massive, empty expanse of the low-tide beach of Saunton Sands.  Several miles running into a blasting headwind in a unique and compelling peopleless, flat open space.  Invigorating stuff.  Who knew such space and solitude existed in southern Ingerlund?

The views back at the northern end were superb.  Thence to Croyde Bay and a night at the excellent Thatch.